Archive for April, 2015


Friday, April 24th, 2015

Everybody collects something. We’ve never met anyone who didn’t collect something or other. There is an old saying in the innkeeping profession that goes something like this: If you have too many collections, you have to start a bed and breakfast. I guess we fit the mold. At some point in our lives, one or both of us have collected stamps, coins, moose things, tea pots, old radios, old phonographs, ¬†world globes, depression ware, cut glass, milk glass, demitasse sets, art posters, cacti, orchids, African violets, local pottery, women’s hats, crane art etc.

Come see which of these collections now grace the Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast in wonderful Wilmington NC. And, make sure you don’t have too many collections yourself or else you, too, may end up as an innkeeper.

Doin’ the Azalea Thang

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A few thoughts about the recently concluded Azalea Festival 2015:

Once again, a stroll through the food court gauntlet proved that you can indeed deep fry just about anything–Oreos, Twinkies, pickles, ice cream etc.

Shaved llamas look kind of weird.

There are more queens and princesses of every size and age in North Carolina than I could have possibly imagined prior to walking through the parade float staging area.

The actual azalea flowers were blooming at just the right time for this year’s festival, unlike some previous years when out-of-town visitors would accost me on the street demanding to know where the azaleas were.

The Camellia Cottage gardens were on the garden tour this year and we were assigned 3 Azalea Belles to help pretty up our yard. Each Belle was asked to sit through a 2.5 hour smiling shift in an amazingly uncomfortable hoop skirt. The switching out of the Belles every 2.5 hours was as intricately choreographed as the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace!

Facing Up To Facebook

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Once again we have been dragged, kicking and screaming, into the modern world! Facebook? Why do we need to be on Facebook? We have been innkeepers for 18+ years and, of course, we said the same thing about cell phones and the Internet. We haven’t exactly been early adopters of new technologies as they arrive in the marketplace. So be it.

Anyway…we now have an updated Facebook page and we have been posting to it pretty much daily. Things to enjoy around the Wilmington area. Paula’s recipes. Interesting (hopefully) anecdotes about our inn and our guests. And whatever else pops into our little brains.

Please join us, er…that is…LIKE us at